Yaya Toure on target for Ivory Coast
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Yaya Toure’s first half strike helped the Ivory Coast to a 2-1 win over Togo as the Elephants got their Africa Cup of Nations campaign off to a winning start.
Although the three points are in the bag, the tournament favourites will more than likely be breathing a sigh of relief after a mediocre opening performance against a tougher than expected Togo side.
Sabri Lamouchi’s men got off to a bright start when after just eight minutes Manchester City’s Yaya Toure gave his side the lead. After stomping into the Togolese box, the City powerhouse fired a shot from 16 yards which ricocheted off Amewou and past Agassa into the back of the net.
However, it was the Togolese who went on to dominate the rest of the first half with Nantes striker Serge Gakpé looking particularly sharp in attack and causing all sorts of problems for the Ivory Coast defence which included City’s Kolo Toure.
Gakpé eventually got his just deserts when on the stroke of half time the forward pounced on an incoming corner to level the score.
To their credit, Lamouchi’s side began the second half with greater fervour, but the Togolese battened down the hatches making it extremely tough to break through.
Yaya Toure again looked lively and should have had a brace on 74 minutes when Gervinho supplied him with a neat ball in the box, but the midfielder just couldn’t place his close range effort.
The pair were to come together again for the winner, Toure this time turning provider with 88 minutes on the clock. His long range free-kick found Gervinho at the far post who cleverly finished with the outside of his right foot.
The result means the Ivory Coast sit top of Group D for now, but two tough tests against Tunisia and Algeria lie ahead.
Last year’s finalists though will be hoping that Yaya Toure’s goal will have marked the start of something special in South Africa.